Asian Media Awards 2023 Finalists


Journalist of the Year

Inderdeep Bains – Deputy Chief Reporter, Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rohit Kachroo – Global Security Editor, ITN ITV News

Reha Kansara – Correspondent, BBC News

Shehab Khan – Political Correspondent, ITN ITV News

Sangita Lal – Reporter, ITN ITV News

Maryam Qaiser – Senior Journalist & Features Writer, The Mirror

Darshna Soni – Communities Editor, ITN Channel 4 News

Divya Talwar – Investigative Journalist, BBC

Best Investigation

Health Inequalities
Andrew Gregory for The Guardian

Manipur Atrocities Revealed
Location Producer: Sanjay Jha; Cameraman: Santosh Singh; Reporter: John Ray; Producer: Roohi Hasan for ITN ITV News

‘We Give Our Blood So They Live Comfortably’: Sri Lanka’s Tea Pickers Say They Go Hungry and Live In Squalor
Jeevan Ravindran for The Guardian

The Secret World of Trading Nudes
Reporter: Monika Plaha; Producers: Ashni Lakhani, Nalini Sivathasan & Johnny McDevitt; Exec Producers: Ravin Sampat & Tom Stone; Editor: Karen Wightman for BBC Panorama & BBC News

The Shamima Begum Story, Series 2 of I’m Not A Monster
Reporter: Josh Baker; Written by Josh Baker & Joe Kent; Produced by Josh Baker, Joe Kent & Sara Obeidat for The I’m Not A Monster Series on BBC Sounds

Sexual Harassment in the Royal Navy
Inderdeep Bains for Daily Mail & Mail Online

Snaptrap: Is Your Child Safe?
Reporter & Director: Charanpreet Khaira; Producer & Director: Andy Maguire; Editor: Karen Voisey; Cameras: Jon Rees, Martin McQuade & Chris Pain for BBC Wales

Regional Journalist of the Year

Lillie Almond – Broadcast Journalist, LBC News & Global

Kiran Sajan – Senior Reporter, Basingstoke Gazette & Andover Advertiser (Newsquest)

Sophia Seth – Reporter, Presenter & Producer, BBC South

Andrew Misra – Political Correspondent, ITV News Border & ITV News Granada

Raveena Ghattaura – Reporter, ITV News Anglia

Mahatir Pasha – Reporter, ITN ITV News London

Rajiv Popat – Reporter, ITV News Central

Outstanding Young Journalist

Um-E-Aymen Babar – Sports Journalist, Sky Sports

Saywah Mahmood – Data Journalist, Sky News

Amrit Singh Mann – Journalist, Sky News

Raheem Rashid – Journalist, ITV News Central

Haleema Saheed – Community Reporter, Telegraph and Argus

Megan Samrai – Production Journalist, ITV News Meridian

Fahad Tariq – Senior Reporter, Glasgow Live

Sports Journalist of the Year

Shekhar Bhatia – Correspondent, Daily Mail & Mail Online

Isaan Khan – Reporter, Daily Mail & Mail Online

Aaron Paul – Reporter, Commentator & Presenter, BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, BBC London Sport & ITV Football

Sanny Rudravajhala – Freelance Sports Journalist

Kal Sajad – Boxing Journalist, BBC Sport

Dev Trehan – Football Reporter & Journalist, Sky Sports

Report of the Year

Kegworth Hotel
Darshna Soni for ITN Channel 4 News

Qawwali: Music of the Soul
Raees Khan for BBC World Service

Sidhu Moose Wala: Mystery Surrounds Killing of Punjabi Rapper A Year on
Ashna Hurynag & Amrit Singh Mann for Sky News

The Emerging Muslim Manosphere
Rahil Sheikh; Produced by Nalini Sivathasan for BBC World Service

The Murder of Fawziyah Javed
Correspondent: Yasminara Khan; Producer: Jenny Parks; Camera: Ketih Morris for BBC Newsnight

Windrush Repatriations
Navtej Johal for BBC News


Radio Presenter of the Year

Raj Baddhan

Sangita Myska

Paul Shah

Sunny & Shay


Best Radio Show

Gold Breakfast
Lyca Gold

Lyca Breakfast
Lyca Radio

Mango Masala
Pie Radio

The Drive Time Show with Sonia Dutta
Sunrise Radio

The Bhangra Showdown
Sunrise Radio

Radio Station of the Year

Asian FX

Awaaz FM

Lyca Radio

Sabras Radio

Sunrise Radio


Best TV Character

Arsher Ali as Elder Samson in Everyone Else Burns

Adam Hussain as Aadi Alahan in Coronation Street

Arian Nik as Abdulla Khan in Count Abdulla

Rebecca Sarker as Dr Manpreet Sharma in Emmerdale

Aaron Thiara as Ravi Gulati in Eastenders

Best Programme / Show

Expelled from Uganda
Reported by Reha Kansara; Produced & Directed by Alvaro Alvarez for BBC News Our World

Count Abdulla
Fudge Park Productions for ITVX

Humza: Forgiving the Unforgivable
Drummer Television for BBC One

Pinder Productions & Flip The Script Network for ITVX & Britbox

The Hajj: A Journey Through Mecca
Reported & Written by Shehab Khan; Written & Produced by Mark Napier;  Field Produced by Yilmaz Akinci; Filmed by Adeeb Farhat; Edited by Helen Williams for ITV & ITN ITV News

Bend it Like Bollywood
ClockWork Films for BBC Three

TV Channel of the Year

Colors UK

Geo TV

Hum Europe

Sony Entertainment Television

Utsav Plus


Creative Media Award

‘Changing Perceptions’ Campaign
Alzheimer’s Society

Plus Size Campaign: Bold & Beautiful
Anisha Vasani Creates for Amretto’s World & Nim Boutique

Kohinoor Basmati ‘Heritage’ Campaign
Fantasia Advertising for Kohinoor

Ramadan Lights UK
Aisha Desai

Media Agency of the Year

Curzon PR

Ethnic Reach

Fantasia Advertising

Oceanic Media


Best Stage Production

Bombay Superstar
Phizzical Productions
Written & Directed by Sâmir Bhamra; Musical Direction by Hinal Pattani; New Songs by Robby Khela

Abdullah Afzal for Penny Appeal
Written & Directed by Abdullah Afzal; Starring: Abdullah Afzal, Hussnain Lahori, Sajal Chaudhary, Lubna Saleh, Larhysa Saddul, Noor Hadid, Hassan Javed, Jaffer Hussain & Tehseen Jay; Costumes: Steph O’Hara; Make Up: Uzma Hussain; Stage Management: Mayfair

Opera North
Music by Claudio Monteverdi & Jasdeep Singh Degun; Musical Arrangements by Ashok Gupta; Original Italian Text by Alessandro Striggio; Translations by Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE & Shahbaz Hussain

Patel’s Millions
Written & Produced by Ash Mukadam; Written & Directed by Steve Nijjar

The Empress
Royal Shakespeare Company
Written by Tanika Gupta & Directed by Pooja Ghai

The Father and the Assassin
National Theatre
By Anupama Chandrasekhar and Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

The P Word
A Bush Theatre Production
Written by Waleed Akhtar; Directed by: Anthony Simpson-Pike; Cast; Waleed Akhtar and Esh Alladi

Vitamin D
Sarah Allen Productions
By Saher Shah; Directed by Melina Namdar; Assistant Director: Natasha Samrai; Producer: Sarah Allen; Associate Producers: Amin Ali and Lydia Renee-Darling; Stage Manager: Francesca Osimani; Sound Design: Mark Fenton; Set Design: Maariyah Sharjil; Dramaturg: Kash Arshad; Starring: Saher Shah, Seema Bowri, Anisa Butt, Madiha Ansari, Noor Hadid & Gabriella Schmidt

Outstanding Stage Performance

Nisha Aâliya as Laila / Bhanumati in Bombay Superstar

Waleed Akhtar as Bilal in The P word

Irfan Damani as Patrick Star in The SpongeBob Musical

Blythe Jandoo as Louise in Gypsy

Nuwan Hugh Perera as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings A Musical Tale

Nikhil Parmar as Zayan in Invisible

Parle Patel as Jayesh Patel in Patel’s Millions

Best Live Event

London Eid Festival 2023

Open Iftar 2023

Request Line

The Offbeat Sari

Voice of Legends UK Tour 2023


Best Blog / Website

Ananya Ampersand

Binny’s Food & Travel

Continent Hop



Best Podcast

Brown Gal Can’t Swim
Summaya Mughal

Masala Podcast
Soul Sutras

Positive Solace with Attika Choudhary
Attika Choudhary

Two Chickpeas in a Podcast
Nikkita Beghi and Natasha Beghi

The Bainsainye Show
Amrit Singh Saini & Karman Singh Bains


Best Video Channel

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

Best Newcomer

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

Diversity In Media Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television, Film & Theatre Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

Media Personality of the Year

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

Outstanding Contribution to Media Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony

This year’s Asian Media Awards return to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Friday October 27.

Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia, Anita Rani, Shobna Gulati, Faisal Islam, Adil Ray & Lisa Aziz.

The University of Salford are Premier Partners to the Asian Media Awards.

Partners to the awards include ITV, EssenceMediaCom, Reach PLC & Women In Journalism.

The awards are also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, AMT Lawyers, DKR Accountants, 6Gi Internet, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Fritz AV, Payal Events & Cleartwo.

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